The Thing ★★★½

IN ANTARCTICA, NO ONE CAN HERE YOU SCREAM. 

A masterpiece of persistent dread, tension, and suspense. Similar to Ridley Scott's Alien, The Thing revolves around its characters and the unrelenting build-up throughout. Thrusting a group of people into a barren wasteland of complete isolation, without any connection to the outside world, alone is terrifying. Add a shape shifting demon into the mix and you get complete paranoia. While most horror films these days focus on gore, unsavory language, and jump scares to draw in and entice audiences, John Carpenter chose to follow the riskier route by pursuing the characters. Even though everyone knew the monster would take them down, one by one, the characters here all seem well taken care of and provided for by Carpenter, which is an impressive feat in and of itself. As a whole the film seemed like an unsuccessful rendition of an all-time classic in the horror genre. Still a great film, but one that makes me think longingly of the spine-chilling atmosphere of Alien.

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